Category Archives: Buying

Getting Your Listing Summer Ready!

Concierge realtor…so you are looking to put your home on the market? Bring in the professional who will put on the shine, add the lipstick and the true ‘fixes’ to give your home the look.

Recently I resurrected a small ranch home. First the executor arranged to have an estate sale. The remainder of contents went to charities and the dump. Next came the professionals to give the home a deep clean. Then the plumber, electrician, and finally the painter. Paint is probably the best remedy for making a home ‘fresh.’ Its worth every penny and then some.

 

I added some furniture including sofa in grey with accent pillows, white birch logs in the fireplace, dining room table with flowering tower.

The photographer did his magic. And its show time. Open house.

Offers a’coming!

Yes, that’s me…your concierge realtor…Maggie Jayson!  

For more information and to view the above listing click here

48 Waterfront Drive | Your Summer Home is Here!

If that video doesn’t spark your interest, I don’t know what will! Wow! What an incredible home.

This exquisite end unit townhouse features an open floor plan with views of the water, rich hardwood floors, gas log fireplace and a panacea of windows opening to a private deck. It also features an eat-in kitchen with island, stainless steel appliances, ceramic tile counter tops and artisan backslash. There are four bedrooms including a master en suite. The third floor bedroom can be the perfect mother-in law suite, home office or entertainment center with full bath room. Enjoy a terraced backyard with perennials and a shoreline walkway. The ground floor is finished and makes a great game room. The integral double car garage has plenty of storage space to enjoy all of you hobbies. Enjoy private sidewalks, city lights, waterfront views and downtown access in minutes. Other features include: Walking/biking trails around the island, onsite marina, Three Rivers Rowing club, Redfin Blues Restaurant, and is close to the University of Pittsburgh, Carnegie Mellon and Duquesne Universities, UPMC and Allegheny Hospitals, Penn Avenue and Pittsburgh’s cultural district. 

The Pirates season is here. Skip the traffic and take your boat to the game.

Call me…let’s talk business.

Click below to see the complete listing

MLS #1238785

Chapter 43: The Day in the Life of A Realtor

6:00 AM    Rise & shine. Take the dog out for a morning walk. Enjoy the views of the river along the trail. Quick cup of coffee while perusing the latest TV news.

8:00 AM    Hit the road with today’s showing itinerary. Arrive at RE/MAX office and meet new client and her sister.

2:00 PM    15 showings later, I drive back to my office with client and her sister. Talking about her selection and how soon she would like to close.

3:00 PM     Off to meet family looking for their first new home. Viewing three selections. Finishing at dusk.

6:00 PM     Driving home, looking forward to crashing with my dog, dinner on the sofa with a little TV. Prepping for Sunday open house by the computer.

8:00 PM    Conference call with out of town buyer and lender. Respond to emails and texts. Address any concerns before powering down. 

Working as a full time realtor encompasses hours and hours of preparation and attention to detail, setting up itinerary to view homes, assisting clients in making once in a life time decisions. Decisions that will affect them and their dear ones for years to come.

I love working with people. Learning about them, making them feel comfortable to rest assured that I will have only their best interest at heart. Helping them network with finding contractors, window washers, insurance carriers, babysitters, new grocery stores, restaurants and best new friends.

As I take my morning walk along the path with my dog, enjoying the river, feeling the sun’s rays across my cheeks, I know this is where I want to be ‘right now, right here’ with my ‘new found’ career of just ten years. Financially it’s been my best year yet, but the joy of knowing that I continue to learn and love every aspect of my job is the real reason I continue on this journey. Can’t wait to see what the morning brings…

Washington’s Landing

A place like no other in Pittsburgh Pennsylvania. Just imagine living on an island in the middle of the City with marinas, walking trails, nature at its best, sidewalks and City lights. Amazing views as the sun rises against the 31st Street Bridge. Glistening waters with early morning rowers swiftly gliding by. Midday walkers and bicyclists enjoying the trails. Evening sunsets and jewel-like City skyline views. A community of 88 homes on the one side of the island and commercial/retail space on the other. Three Rivers Rowing Association, Redfin Blue Restaurant, Washington’s Landing Marina and Tennis courts. Downtown Pittsburgh “resort living” on the Allegheny River with green space.

So many folks have found a love affair with Washington’s Landing. One such testimony is that of owners Kathy and Lou Testoni. Kathy and Lou decided the ‘big house’ was just too much work and they wanted to start a new chapter in their life.

“We began to investigate our options in moving from our home. Washington’s Landing became a top selection.  I am an active cyclist, and my wife is an active gardener.  Having the bike path literally in our back yard and having an environment that is in a park-like setting was a big draw to Washington’s Landing as well. Initially, we missed the old house, but after more than 4 months we have both stated we don’t miss it anymore.  It’s not better or worse than what we used to have, but it’s more conducive to the  lifestyle we were looking forward to in our ‘out-years’–less worry, more fun and way more relaxing.”

So many more stories of wonderful Washington’s Landing folks to be told and so many more for those who will find their new home on the island.

Just a little bit of heaven…waking up each day to nature, breathtaking views…come see what Washington’s Landing has in store for you…

Photos produced by Larry Kilian over the years, while living on the island. He is an accomplished photojournalist.

Day in the Life of a Realtor: Preamble

T’was nine years ago when I stood on the porch of my home on a calm morn awaiting the moving truck. I was alone, scared, teary-eyed, and yes, alone. 29 Priscilla Lane had been my home for over 30 years. I raised my two sons there. That was the only place they ever knew to call ‘home.’ It was a beautiful retreat with over one acre.

And now it was time to let go, sell the home and move onward…

And so up the long driveway I heard footsteps…there appeared a slim man with gray hair. He drawled, “Lady, where w goin’?”

His name was Don. From that moment on he became a storyteller, a jokester, and endless monologue of life’s journeys.  The day was a whirlwind.

When we were all packed up I walked out the door and put the past behind. I know I will always have the memories but life moves forward. Houses and property are just that. We cannot get attached to structures.

Since that day I have had the pleasure of working with many clients, having Don move them. Some new stories, some edited monologues. Always a delight. Always refreshing.

Thank you, Don for having such great insight into the human spirit and your kind words.

The Look

It’s that first impression that strikes buyers. They walk in that door and either like it or hate it. That is why it is so important to make the first impression lasting.

As a seller’s agent I provide complimentary staging. As well as detailed itinerary of possible improvements, repairs to the home prior to listing.

Certainly the exterior, landscaping are a must in presentation. And there is nothing better than replacing door hardware. It’s not expensive and makes such a difference.

It wasn’t until about a year into selling real estate that I noticed the financial impact staging has on offers.

The spring market will be here before we know it. I am offering complimentary staging consults. Shoot me an email and together let’s get your home ready for the biggest selling season of the year!

The Vision

Folks looking to make the transition from their home to a new one must have a clear vision. As a seasoned real estate agent I can assist them in outlining that vision with a detailed path towards reaching their goal. The transition means getting their home on the market all while figuring out where it is they would like to be in the future.

I am working with a woman who is looking to move to assisted living in Oakmont. After visiting, we chose a possible housing unit and now it’s time to start the listing process of her home.  I am working with another client who would like to downsize from the two story family home to a first floor master. We have outlined her goals and are working to make that happen. It’s an exciting time, sometimes scary, to not know the exact future. As I tell all my clients, never look back with regret. Always look forward to what the future may present.

Contact me today to discuss where your future vision is taking you.

Day in the Life of a Realtor: Chapter 45

As a sellers’ realtor, my job is more than putting numbers together, making homes look really really pretty to captivate the buyers’ eye. It is working with the client in achieving their end goal, that of selling their home with nice pricepoint and sending them off on their new journey in good spirits. Not as easy as it appears.

I work very diligently toward ensuring my sellers’ pursuits are met. Each client has a different story, a different perspective, and a different end game. It is knowing and translating those entities into tangible outcomes that make my job intense yet truly satisfying.

At the closing table I can look at them and know we have attained all those goals, and they are ready to move forward.  And that is my reason for being in this business. I so enjoy the satisfaction it brings.

As I stated it’s not easy. But at the end of the process I know that I have done my job, done it well, and onward to then next client.

I just sold home on Washington’s Landing for a very nice price. Those folks decided to build their dream home on the water in Oakmont. They did an outstanding job in designing it in every detail. The exuberance was definitely evident at the closing table. They are well on their way on their new adventure.

Please check out my blog for more stories now and yet to come.

Light UP Night In Pittsburgh

Pittsburgh comes alive tonight! Enjoy the views of the City! If you are new to the City please ask me for a personal tour around the area. Lunch and/or dinner included.
I have lived in Pittsburgh most of my life. As a relocation specialist for over nine years I am familiar with each and every neighborhood.  I’m happy to also make arrangements for your stay.
Pittsburgh is one place special. With the rivers and trails, Cultural District, urban development you will find a City truly in transition. Enjoy the outdoors with boating, the arts with Pittsburgh Symphony Orchestra, Opera, CLO, and the many culinary speciality restaurants in and around the town. Just a wonderful flavor of the old and the new.
Enjoy our City at its finest!